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Samsung releases Bixby Voice preview for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

Samsung announced last week that it will conduct a preview program in the United States to test Bixby Voice before the much-awaited feature is released for everyone. It invited Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners in the country to register for the preview. They would get the update if they were selected as part of the beta group.

Some users who had signed up for the preview are now reporting that they’ve received the Bixby Voice update for their handsets. They are now able to make full use of the Bixby button on their devices as the preview brings Bixby Voice functionality which was previously limited to users in South Korea.

It’s not surprising that Bixby Voice preview is being rolled out today given that Samsung has recently been sending out app updates to all Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners that appear to be setting the stage for its new voice assistant.

Samsung claims that Bixby Voice enables users to do everything that they can do with a tap on the display with just a voice command. Your mileage with this claim may vary so you’ll have to use the feature first to be sure.

Those who signed up for the preview and haven’t received early access, they should keep waiting for a few days to see if it shows up. If it doesn’t, they’ve probably not been accepted for this program. Those who have received it just need to long press the dedicated Bixby button to bring up the assistant.

Hopefully, Samsung will soon confirm when it’s going to release Bixby Voice for all Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners in the United States. If you’re one of the lucky few who has been selected, do share your Bixby Voice experience with us in the comments below.

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Ogishi
Ogishi

Seems Bixby can hardly satisfy the critics so far, and they’re quite skeptical. Samsung needs to speed up its maturity process to convince the devolopers.

PDXMatt
PDXMatt

It’s not bad at all but it could be a bit more speedy.

Mark VanOuse
Mark VanOuse

I have it activated on my S8+. So far, so good. I really wanted this for a voice-activated way to change phone settings, open apps and the like. Less like an assistant, as in fetching information, which is what I use Google Assist for (and it excels at). Since I’ve heard about Bixby, before the launch of the S8, I knew right away it’s greatest value for me would be voice activated interaction with phone. One thing I like to do is open Display Settings, and set Screen Zoom and Font to large (or alternatively back to Small). Bixby Voice… Read more »

Chris Banks
Chris Banks

I’m liking it a lot. This is the closest to a truly handsfree phone I’ve ever used. Very cool

strazzi
strazzi

How about EU? Will be posible to use bixby in english? Some of us understand and talk english. XD

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

losing all hope that Bixby with UK English will launch anytime soon. Once they do US English and push it to the US, they’ll likely move onto Spanish, German and French as well as Mandarin. Give it a few years before they realise that US to UK English is actually not that difficult to implement.

Landon A
Landon A

It is absolutely awesome!!!

mweinbach
mweinbach

YAH!! Everyone is using my screenshots.

Mreveryphone
Mreveryphone

This is sick!

inphamus114
inphamus114

I’ve been messing with bixby voice since I got it today about an hour ago (s8+>TMobile) and I’m already on level 3 lol